— Publilio Siro Latin writer
Sentences, Maxim 511
— Publilio Siro Latin writer
— Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113
Letters, Book V, O morte ipsa mortis tempus indignius! Letter 16, 6.
„How does he do it? Live. With the fear of death every day. I don't fear death as much as I fear the thought of living.“
— Julie Anne Peters, By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
— Cassandra Clare, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1910s, Why Men Fight https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Why_Men_Fight (1917), Context: Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. pp. 178-179
„p>No suffering is self-caused.
Nothing causes itself.
If another is not self-made,
How could suffering be caused by another? If suffering were caused by each,
Suffering could be caused by both.
Not caused by self or by other,
How could suffering be uncaused?“
— Nagarjuna Indian philosopher 150 - 250
Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 14.8–9 trans. Jay Garfield, The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (1995), ISBN 0195093364
— Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues French writer, a moralist 1715 - 1747
Reflections and Maxims (1746), La pensée de la mort nous trompe, car elle nous fait oublier de vivre. p. 172.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Discipleship (1937), Revenge, Context: Jesus bluntly calls the evil person evil. If I am assailed, I am not to condone or justify aggression. Patient endurance of evil does not mean a recognition of its rights. That is sheer sentimentality, and Jesus will have nothing to do with it. The shameful assault, the deed of violence and the act of exploitation are still evil. … The very fact that the evil which assaults him is unjustifiable makes it imperative that he should not resist it, but play it out and overcome it by patiently enduring the evil person. Suffering willingly endured is stronger than evil, it spells death to evil. p. 142.
„One would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally.“
— John Fortescue Chief Justice of the King's Bench of England 1394 - 1476
De laudibus legum Angliae (c. 1470), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„It is much worse to be dead when we are alive/ Dead by the fear of death, when we are not yet dead!/ The incredible paradox of worrying to avoid death / Being the very cause of death!“
— Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957
Death: Live It! (2005), Death: Live It! p. 80.
„If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.“
— Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Summa Theologica (1265–1274), Unplaced by chapter